I've got a 2-week interior BC trip in Feb and have Feb 10-15 in the Wheeler hut. It's my first time in the interior, so I would appreciate any advice (especially safety related).
I've been memorizing Doug Sproul's Rogers Pass guide, so I've learned about the parking and restricted area permit system.
I have an AIARE 2 with 30+ days in BC last year, mostly around Stanley, Idaho and some time at Snoqualmie pass, WA. I like to tour, so am ready for long days
The more ski mountaineering approaches definitely look like the biggest challenge for the trip.
No crevasse rescue experience, so I'll plan on giving the glaciers a wide berth (potentially going on the glaciers to access Forever Young).
Of course conditions pending, but I've started to plan interesting terrain, and focused on 2 zones so far.
What looks fun:
Out of the Wheeler Hut (I'm ok with a longer approach but am spooked by glaciers)- The Ravens, Glacier Crest, Mushroom People, Forever Young Abbotts Path, Avalanche Crest, NRC Gullies
Driving over to RVC parking lot- Video Peak, Grizzly S Coloir, Cheops N Bowl, STS Coloir, S face of junction West, Junction East, Grizzly Shoulder/Puff Daddy Area
I've heard even in Feb, sun crusts can be a big deal, as well as wind crusts.
What else should I know?
Besides Avalanche Canada & TGR (maybe instagram), what are the best resources to learn about snow conditions? Caltopo doesn't pull Canadian weather stations.
What are the unexpected hazards with this terrain?
I'll also be hitting up Kootenay Pass, London Ridge, Sandon, Mt Plewman, so any general tips (not staches, just tips) would be appreciated too.
**This thread was edited on Sep 7th 2018 at 6:46:38pm